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Thread #164815   Message #3948919
Posted By: Senoufou
08-Sep-18 - 04:01 AM
Thread Name: The 'Gypsy' Controversy
Subject: RE: The 'Gypsy' Controversy
In the early fifties, in W London, we looked forward to the arrival of a cavalcade of painted caravans, drawn by horses, that came every Spring.

We called the people 'gypsies' and they had fairly dark skins and black hair. They wore gold earrings and rather unusual clothing (headscarves, long flowing skirts) I think they might have been the true Romany folk.

We loved to see them, and when they came round the doors selling home-made pegs and bunches of white heather my mother always bought generously. She also gave them any outgrown clothes, coats, shoes etc for their children.
They drew a chalk sign on our gatepost. Maybe it indicated we'd happily buy and donate.